Ah, Amsterdam!

In the travels of my younger years I happened upon the city of Amsterdam……what can I say?  Canal Street where your sexual fantasies can be lived….no matter how “kinky” you may be.  And the cafes where dope is sold like weighing hot nuts at Woolsworth…..the longest week I ever had was my 2 days in Amsterdam……..they have been an innovator in the past and it looks like they are still at it……

Holland’s capital already has a special hit squad of municipal officials to identify the worst offenders for a compulsory six month course in how to behave.

Social housing problem families or tenants who do not show an improvement or refuse to go to the special units face eviction and homelessness.

Eberhard van der Laan, Amsterdam’s Labour mayor, has tabled the £810,000 plan to tackle 13,000 complaints of anti-social behaviour every year. He complained that long-term harassment often leads to law abiding tenants, rather than their nuisance neighbours, being driven out.

“This is the world turned upside down,” the mayor said at the weekend.

Full article here

Interesting, huh?  I do not know if I like the idea….kinda sounds like the ghettos of World War 2……and then there is the possibility of  a situation of interment camps…..I just do not see the value of such an idea…….do you?

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7 thoughts on “Ah, Amsterdam!

  1. If it helps, I’m for it. It’s not like they’re sent away for 6 months, they are merely taught how to behave as a human. For some, it’s a skill they surely can use.

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    • Michael, please do not get me wrong…..I am not condemning for it is far better than the US answer which is incarceration…..this is an approach that is alien to us here in the USA……if it works then more power to you….thanx for the ping….

      • I was not under the impression that you were condemning it.

        If it works – then all’s well. I do think that punishing a criminal is not only to correct him/her, but also to give the crime’s victims a sense of justice. So not only correction and rehabilitation, but also retribution.

      • I regret if I made it sound like I was condemning…..as an American this is to say the least an unusual path….and IO try to post stuff that is not normally covered in our cracker jack news…..if it works then maybe we should try something other than throwing them in prison with murderers…..

        BTW…..check out http://lobotero.com/2012/12/11/2012-anal-ocity-award-nominees/

        I ask my readers to vote for the most anal statement of the year….would appreciate your participation….thanx

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